Schneider Announces He Will Return Salary If Government Shuts Down

January 19, 2018
Press Release
Urges Congress to avert shutdown by reaching bipartisan funding compromise

Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) announced he plans to return his salary to the U.S. Treasury in the event of a federal government shutdown. Current federal funding expires at the end of the day on January 19, and the government will shut down if congressional leaders fail to reach a compromise solution to extend funding by that deadline.

“In the working world, when people fail to do their jobs, they don’t get paid. Members of Congress should be held to the same standard,” said Schneider. “If congressional leaders refuse to reach a bipartisan compromise and the government shuts down, I’ll be returning my salary to the U.S. taxpayer until we finish the job the American people sent us here to do. It’s not too late to avoid a shutdown.  I urge my Republican colleagues to join with Democrats and work in good faith to find a long-term, bipartisan funding solution that addresses our country’s needs.”

Schneider is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 1794, the Hold Congress Accountable Act, which would ensure Members of Congress are not paid during a government shutdown.